Legal • September 24, 2009
Hoboken rent control ordinance found unconstitutional, group announces
The case pertains to a single building, but establishes precedent that could apply to hundreds of city property owners, according to the group.
At issue was the Rent Leveling Officers' shifting policies regarding the filing of "vacancy decontrol forms."
In this particular case, the property owner failed to file the form but kept rent hikes within the Rent Leveling Office's so-called "Legal Rent Calculation." But because the form wasn't filed the Rent Leveling Office disallowed the increase.
"The failure of the City to correct the systemic problem that is caused by decades of arbitrary administration of the Rent Control Ordinance has eroded the vitality of its multi-family rental properties and caused many owners to convert properties to condominiums in an effort to avoid the intolerable situation," said Charles Gormally, attorney for the Mile Square Taxpayers Association.
City officials could not be immediately reached to comment.